Welcome to the latest installment of my interview series!
Who are some of your favorite bloggers? I try to follow as many as I can because they have so much wisdom to pass on. (Including bloggers like Liv!)
That’s what gave me the idea for this interview series. I wanted to glean as much knowledge as I could from those much wiser than me.
This is our twenty-fifth installment of my interview series, Meet the Blogger, all about Liv, a fellow blogger. (You can read our previous installment here: www.diffusingthetension.com/meet-the-blogger-introducing-amy)
Interview series questions
First of all, tell me a little about yourself.
Hello. I’m Liv. The heart and soul behind “In Mint Nutrition” project. I moved from Latvia to England 9 years ago and have spent all these years turning into an adult, discovering myself and adventuring around the world. I live and work in East Midlands where I manage various projects in Aerospace Industry, Study Nutritional Therapy and Behavioural Change Control, create the content for my blog and do CrossFit and other activities. I’m always on the move and I’m at my best when I’m outside exploring things.
You can read more about me on my blog here – https://www.mintnutrition.co.uk/about
What is your connection to the blogging and/or mental health community?
I started my blog only three months ago as a way of expressing my thoughts and sharing my knowledge. Before that I had a personal blog where I talked about my emotions and mental health, but I was writing anonymously and not sharing the face behind it. It was my safe place to express the feelings and interacting with other people feeling the same way without revealing my identity. I still journal and write there as it helps me on particularly bad days.
I have discovered a great support and assurance in mental health community I have found on twitter. Reading other people’s stories and engaging in various conversations have made me stronger person. I have also created a new series on my blog called “Real People Talking “where I collect stories from different people, with different backgrounds and different interests to share parts of their life with others and hopefully inspire others along the way. I wanted to show that we all struggle with something and you are never on your own.
You can find the new series here – https://www.mintnutrition.co.uk/blog/categories/real-people-talking
What is the hardest part about having a successful blog?
I’m only at the start of my journey but one thing I definitely know is – to drive engaged traffic to your site. One thing is people clicking on the link and scrolling quickly through your blog and another having valuable feedback loop/engagement with the reader. I find it very frustrating and hard sometimes when I put so much effort in good content and don’t get the engagement I was hoping for. It can be very discouraging. But one thing I know is that you should never give up, and follow through on your dreams and ideas. I know it sounds very cheesy, but you have to be patient. Results will come eventually when you put work in.
What is the biggest challenge the mental heath community faces?
There are a lot of challenges. Some of the most obvious ones which I have experienced myself –
• Access problems and a lack of integration and prevention – People are often unable to access the care they need in a timely manner or close to home
• Long waiting times for psychological therapies; a lack of 24/7 crisis care; and too high a threshold for receiving specialised mental health support
• There is a lack of focus on prevention and early intervention, including insufficient focus on groups typically more vulnerable to mental health problems
• Older people’s mental health has often been neglected
• There is still a lot of stigma around mental health and what it means. Things are improving in the society, but we still have a long way to go.
What are 5 things many people do not know about you?
1. I read magazines from the back to front. I don’t know why. I just always have done it. I know it’s weird, but I just like reversed order.
2. I love eating coleslaw probably more than I should.
3. Only recently I learned how to not kill a house plant (I think I’m officially adult now).
4. I turned from a night-owl to complete early bird over the past two years and I’m loving it.
5. I wish I could time travel.
What is your favorite book and why?
This is almost impossible to answer. I have so many books I have read. I’m a total book worm. But one of the recent reads which I stand by and recommend reading is Lost Connections by Johann Hari. It’s a must read. It helped me over tough times, opened my eyes and provided me with a massive knowledge.
What do you do when you are having a really hard day to lift your spirits?
This really varies. Sometimes I will give in and spend my time in bed barely moving or lounge around the house. But recently I’m trying to get out of this habit and put my energy somewhere else. One thing that has helped me massively is CrossFit and Weightlifting. No matter how bad day has been or how crappy I feel when I go to lift that heavy barbell I switch off my mind. The worse I feel the longer I spend lifting heavy barbells or doing CrossFit. Most of the time it will stabilise my mood so its not self-destructive anymore and more manageable.
What makes a person brave?
Being true to their own values and standing up for what they believe in.
What 3 words would you use to describe yourself and why?
Open Minded, Adventurous, Determined.
I’m very curious and always like researching/finding new things and throwing myself in the middle of it all. If I set my mind to something I will most certainly do anything I can to achieve it.
What is your biggest flaw?
I tend to overthink waaaaaay too much which creates inner turbulence in me. I’m still working on this and trying to manage my thought process and behaviour when I start doing this. Journaling has helped. But overall I can be a real worrier not a warrior when the mental health slips.
What is your greatest strength?
I’m full of determination and I’m very passionate about things I see as important to me.
What is your best childhood memory?
Going on adventures with my dog and exploring the local country side.
Where do you envision your blog in 5 years?
I want to finish my studies and gain qualification and help people to heal their relationship with food. I want to grow my blog and engagement and share my knowledge and research with wider audience and inspire people.
Where do you see the mental health community in 5 years?
Better prevention methods – Promoting good mental health and preventing poor mental health– helping people lead better lives as equal citizens. More children and young people should have access to high-quality mental health care when they need it. People not being afraid to express their mental health issues/concerns and we should be able to talk openly without feeling judged.
Who do you follow to stay updated on all things blogging and/or mental health? Share their links below!
My main three resources when it comes to blog, life, health and mental health are these –
The best podcast about balanced life, mental health and people sharing valuable stories by Girl Gains – https://twitter.com/thegirlgains?lang=en They have a podcast called Fit And Fearless.
Adulting podcast: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/adulting/id1359296770
And every single person I follow on the twitter are the greatest inputs in my life including Diffusing the Tension Blog. (Editor’s note: You are so sweet!)
About the Author
I’m Aerospace engineer with passion for Nutrition and Healthy Lifestyle (Physically and Mentally). I decided to pursue my passion and learn a lot of cool things and get qualified as nutritional therapist with speciality in behavioural change. My mission is to make this world a stronger, healthier and happier place. I like going on adventures, trying out new things and occasional gin and tonic.
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Thanks, Amy, for participating in my interview series, Meet the Blogger! I loved your responses, and I truly appreciate you taking the time out to answer my questions. Best wishes on all your blogging endeavors!
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